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Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2007 10:28:20 -0300
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COLUMN: FINAL PHASE

Protect the Embryo ... and Human Life
by J. Randal Matheny, editor

Some months ago, I began answering the questions
to the compendium of a religious catechism.
Following is yet another question and answer.

Question 471 of the compendium asks, "Why must
society protect every embryo?"

Christians, more than pagans, have always valued
human life, because they know that man, alone of
all creatures, was created after God's likeness.

"Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness. And let them have dominion
over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the
heavens and over the livestock and over all the
earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on
the earth.' So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him; male and
female he created them" (Genesis 1:26-27 ESV).

Life cannot be measured in economic or social
terms, but by its intrinsic worth in the eyes of
God. Each individual is capable of sustaining a
relationship with God, of receiving eternal life,
and must therefore be considered as a worthy
recipient of life and a deserving subject of
preservation.

Since human life is precious, every effort should
be made to preserve that process by which life
comes to exist and is sustained. Not only the
embryo, but the martial relationship, the
exclusive sexual relationship between husband and
wife, the integrity of the nuclear family and the
worth of the individual, all are pieces of the
whole in the Christian value of life.

Those who interfere with this sacred process of
the beginning of life are guilty of shedding
blood, and a nation's laws should punish
accordingly this heinous crime. Exodus 21:22-24
shows the divine perspective of life for life
(Leviticus 24:17) against those who cause
abortions. (Taking a life is so serious that the
life of the killer must be taken: Genesis 9:5-6;
Acts 25:11; Romans 13:4.) God demands such
punishment for it belongs to the sovereign God who
gives life (Genesis 2:7) to take it as well (1
Samuel 2:6).

Christians can expect, however, that societies and
nations, led as they are by the ungodly, will
refuse to respect the sanctity (special nature) of
human life. When they can influence public policy,
they will certainly want to weigh in for laws that
protect human life before birth, as well as in
favor of the weak: children, handicapped and the
aged.

Together with the sanctity of human life,
Christians will proclaim the necessity of
chastity, virginity before marriage, faithfulness
to one's mate and the integrity of the marriage
relationship.

God will judge those so-called Christians who vote
more for their pocketbook than from their
conscience, or those who aid and abet abortions.
The blood of millions of aborted children cries
from the American trashbins for justice. And
justice they will receive, at the hands of the God
who does not forget (Amos 8:7).

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